The Sanitary Cold Chain
U.S. Shipper and Carrier Food Safety Management

FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods

                    Carriers are a the bottom of this compliance food chain!

Shippers are most likely to demand that carriers provide proof of compliance to temperature and sanitation requirements because receivers are putting pressure on them for compliance.  Under FDA FSMA rules and ordinary business practices, carriers will be burdened to prove compliance and adequate record keeping. Proof of compliance comes in the form of certification and in order to become certified, carriers they have been trained in the following:

1.  Proof of completion of mandatory training in 3 areas (training certificates):
    a.  Requirements of the carrier
    b.  Food safety problems that may occur during transportation
    c.  Solutions to those problems.

All perishable food carrier operations personnel must be able to provide documentation that proves they are competently trained.

2.  Carriers must be able to provide documentation that proves they have
    a.  Sanitation and temperature control procedures
    b.  Implementation of the procedures (clean all truck trailers and load and unload equipment, etc.)
    c.  Records that prove they are moving food within the specific temperature and sanitary requirements 
         established to prevent bacterial, chemical and physical hazards that might cause human illness or
         death for food during in-transit operations.
    d.  Records that prove they are storing and handling perishable foods with tools and equipment that meet
         sanitation and temperature control conditions between transportation operation.

3.  Food safety in-transit and in-storage handling certification by a third party audit group.

Everything You Need to Establish and Maintain
a Sanitary Cold Chain

How to Get Certified by TransCertTM

1.  Download a complete TransCert package from the "Download Documents" page that includes
     our Master Document, Standards, Procedures and Sample Data Sheets- Click the "TransCert Services" link above.
2.  Request our free records records retention manual by clicking this link and completing the form:  Records Retention Manual Request
2.  If your people are not HACCP trained, go to our suggested HACCP trainer and consultants
     list or search the Internet for someone local to help you develop a transporter HACCP plan. 
3.  Develop your management and HACCP plan.  Get your sanitation, temperature control and traceability policy
     signed off and develop any procedures you will need if you do not already sanitize, clean, test and track
     your containers.
4.  Review our certification categories or ask your customers for guidance regarding
     which type of certification they would prefer.
5.  Ask about training and certification that is available from The Sanitary Cold Chain.
6.  Implement your sanitation and traceability procedures.
7.  Perform internal audits.

8.  Call TransCert for a formal certification audit.
TransCert Trainers and Consultants Are Now Available

Please click on our "Audits" link above to contact a certified auditor in your region.
TransCert Certification
The table below shows the TransCert primary certification categories.  All training and certification are provided by internal TransCert staff except the HACCP component which is provided by trainers and certifiers external to TransCert.
Contact Information
TransCert at the Sanitary Cold Chain
4660 N River Road, Site 110
Oceanside, Calif. 92057

Phone:  1 + (386) 837-7375


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